Cardigan is the second largest town in Ceredigion, and also home to one of only two practical test centres available in the county! Situated in the Crown Buildings on Napier Street, Cardigan test centre is right in the town centre, making it easily accessible for both locals and visitors.

If you’re taking your test here, get ahead of the curve by reading our comprehensive guide below. We’ll walk you through what to expect in the driving test, how to improve your chances of success and much more!


Crown Buildings Napier Street Cardigan Ceredigion SA43 1ED

Tests Offered at Cardigan

  • Car


Car parking spaces are available


Male only toilets available

Disabled Access

This test centre has no wheelchair access

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

No idea where Cardigan test centre is? Relax! Your driving instructor will take you around the area during your lessons, which means that soon enough, you’ll be able to head there without any assistance. If you’re looking to catch a glimpse before your lessons start, however, you’ll need to use these directions to avoid taking a wrong turn.

A Bit More About Cardigan

During your driving test, your examiner will pit you against a range of tricky road types, traffic conditions and speed systems, in order to test whether or not you’re truly ready to become a fully qualified driver.

Cardigan test centre is surrounded by a lot of local businesses, which means that right off the bat, you’re probably going to end up facing heavy foot and road traffic, especially during rush hour. The examiner will be paying close attention to your observations and speed on these roads, to try to be mindful of both as you drive. The area is also home to various local car parks which, depending on the time of day, might be ideal for the driving test manoeuvre.

You won’t just stay close to Cardigan test centre, however. At some point, the examiner will lead you further afield by making use of the nearby A487. As you follow this A road, you might be taken towards areas like Llechryd or Cilgerran, before looping back around to Cardigan.

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Cardigan Test Pass Rates

Fascinated by driving test pass rates? Us too! If you’ve got the time, we’d recommend heading over to the PassMeFast Blog! There, you’ll find all sorts of interesting findings, ranging from the average number of attempts it takes to pass the test to why it’s easier to pass your test in certain test centres.

If time is of the essence, we’ll keep it brief. Learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing their test. Those heading to Cardigan test centre, however, seem to perform much better than this average, as you can see in the table below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
58.8% 57.1% 55.9% 56.7% 49.7%

What If I Can't Go To Cardigan? 

If you’re having second thoughts about taking your practical at Cardigan, or you’re simply casting your net wider to get an earlier test date, you do have other options in Carmarthenshire and its neighbouring counties. Your closest alternatives include:

What To Expect On The Day

Now that you’ve completed your driving course, it’s finally time for you to put your money where your mouth is and take the driving test. If you’re second guessing yourself, just remember that your instructor would not let you take the test if they didn’t think you were ready. So, take a deep breath and tell yourself that you’ve got this.

On your big day, you and your instructor will arrive at Cardigan test centre ten minutes early. You’ll then meet the examiner who will need to check your provisional to confirm your identity, and will then ask you to sign a form.

Once that’s out of the way, your driving test will proceed with:

  • An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
  • Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
  • Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

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Our intensive and semi-intensive driving courses are designed to suit learners with any level of experience, and fit around any type of schedule. You can take your lessons at an intensive pace and finish in mere days, or space them out if you’ve got a busy schedule. You’ll work with a DVSA-approved instructor to master everything from tricky junctions to advanced manoeuvres, and build up a familiarity with the area around Cardigan test centre. This will help you to not only pass the test, but also become a safe driver for life.

Eager to get the ball rolling? Get a better look at our crash course packages on our course prices page. If you’re stuck between courses, try our course recommender tool, or speak to our sales team on 0333 123 4949 to discuss your options. Alternatively, if you know what you need, book online!

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